This page (occasionally updated) contains sample material from reincarnation cases that illustrate how the various factors in the hypothesized psychoplasm are evaluated.
Peter and Michelle, the likely reincarnations of Paul and Mette.
THE CASE OF PETER TEEKAMP AND MICHELLE MOSHAY
One of the most credible, self-researched reincarnation cases of significant historical figures is that of Peter Teekamp and Michelle Moshay. Peter was told by three other people (his wife, a psychic, and a good friend) that they thought he was the reincarnation of Paul Gauguin. First dismissing such ideas as preposterous, Peter finally began to research the life and work of Gauguin. He already knew that one of his own techniques was reminiscent of Gauguin's. In 1979, Peter discovered that Gauguin hid faces in the small details of his paintings, a practice also followed by Peter. Other similarities between the two lives forced him to take the idea of reincarnation seriously. See the video above.
When Michelle agreed to help him promote his art work in 1997, Peter told her she reminded him of Gauguin's wife Mette. This launched a decade-long research effort that uncovered verifiable physical and personality correspondences between the two men and between the two women (and their respective partnerships). As a result of their joint efforts, Peter discovered a long-lost Gauguin work of art. At this point, Michelle contacted reincarnation researcher Walter Semkiw and asked him to evaluate their case. His positive assessment of their past-life hypothesis appeared in his book Born Again (Ritana Books, 2006).
After Semkiw publicly introduced Michelle and Peter's case in 2005, they agreed to participate in the Reincarnation Experiment's rigorous and quantitative biometric analysis and five-factor psychophysical assessment of their lives. We compared their lives to biographical and visual information on Paul and Mette and concluded that, if the reincarnation hypothesis is valid, they are more likely than anyone else alive today to be the incarnations of the psychoplasms once incarnated in Paul and Mette (published in The Soul Genome).
For future publication we are continuing an in-depth study of their case to discern the psychological implications of an apparent past-life legacy on present behaviors. (The following email describes their experience of the scientific corroboration produced by such a comprehensive psychophysical approach.)
[Email: March 22, 2008 1:38:38 PM EDT: "Wow, I am still so speechless. ... (B)oth Peter and I thought we knew what we might expect from your review of our case, how wrong we were! We could never have imagined it from the perspective you gave. It is like a dream to be listened to and cared for the way you presented us individually. It means SO much to have you put in print what Mette Gauguin's intentions were, instead of her being thought of as the woman left behind, she was PART OF IT! YEA!! ... This is a HUGE gift to me ... (that) I wanted to share.
Having this book with our case coming from the scientific angle the way you present all the factors in all the cases has just given us the most confidence ever! Between Born Again (by Walter Semkiw) and The Soul Genome, MAN! what a double feature this is for the topic of reincarnation!
Thank you so much again for having us, interviewing everyone, caring and working and sharing; it is a dream for us both. It is like the ultimate (scientific) vindication of our bold (what appeared at times as quite arrogant to be sure!) convictions about the purpose of telling and investigating our own stories." Michelle Moshay]
Proof and Truth Always Subject to Revision
The Reincarnation Experiment's criteria assigning a level of confidence in the validity of potential past-life matches include the use of: (a) Empirical data that can be verified by an independent party. (b) Critical assessments of information from subjective sources. (c) Scientific analysis to assert levels of reliability and validity. (d) Reason and logic that demonstrate the psychoplasm to be the most plausible explanation of the evidence found in both the subject and the alleged previous personality.
Projects like the Reincarnation Experiment should be held to these standards by the public. We welcome it.
One of the genotype features apparently carried forward in the psychoplasm transfer process during reproduction is that of overall body type. In this research we are not concerned about which classification is used to compare the subject to the allegec previous life, but all measurements should use the same standards for both lifetimes.
For this experiment, we have chosen a system that uses three body-types: mesomorph, endomorph, and ectomorph. While somewhat simplistic they are distinctive enough that one can classify various people's overall body shapes. When combined with the other physical features (facial geometry, hand/finger proportions, ear form, and hair patterns) covered by pages 4 and 12 in the Research Forms Packet, we can develop a reliable profile that distinguishes one individual from others. The most important may be the facial geometry. Statistical analysis has produced some powerful results. See separate report.
Biometric science has found that a number of physical features are genetically stable throughout one's life and are frequently used for identification purposes using photos of an individual to compare with the real person. Selected because they are considered randotypic (happening by chance) they include fingerprints, eye irises, true hair color, and handwriting. If they are randotypic then they would not be carried forward in the psychoplasm. For this reason our experiment uses facial geometry, body types, hand/finger proportions, hair patterns, birthmarks, deformities (as documented by Ian Stevenson), and special markings to make comparisons between subjects and their posited previous incarnations.
(An attempt has been made (with reincarnation researcher Adrian Finkelstein) to test the null hypothesis that suggests irises could not be carried over from one life to another because of their alleged random nature, but we have been unable thus far to mount a satisfactory test due to lack of funds. If very statistically close matches were found between a subject's irises and those of an alleged past-life, it might point to a past-life-legacy marker.)
PERSONALITY FACTOR RATINGS
A researcher can use the scales on page 6 in the Research Forms Packet to compare the egotypes (an individual's emotional profile) of the current subject and the alleged previous personality. The higher the number of correspondences, the greater the likelihood of a valid past-life match. Of course, the level of comparison on one factor alone does not determine the level of confidence that one can place in a proposed past-life identification. All of the relevant physical and personality factors must be taken into account to arrive at a plausible conclusion.
MYERS-BRIGGS TOPOLOGY IN REINCARNATION RESEARCH. We are now experimenting with use of the popular Myers-Briggs personality typology to compare various emotional and behavioral attributes that may link the subject (present life) with the previous personality (posited past-life of the subject). If you are researching your own case or would just like to be helpful, you may go to this HumanMetrics link and use the easy to use questionnaire and obtain the score in seconds. If sufficient biographical information on a possible previous personality is available, please request a third party to fill out the same questionnaire based on that information. Obtain that score and compare it to your own. Let us know the results.
Comparisons of Egotype Ratings
Amadeus Wolfgang Mozart
Talents Evolve Over Lifetimes!
The lives of two men illustrate how one individual's knowledge and talents developed throughout a lifetime provide the legacy for a newborn. It appears to make it possible for the later generation to excel earlier in life than the previous personality. This phenomenon is clearly documented in the above described case of Peter Teekamp as the likely reincarnation of Paul Gauguin.
To illustrate this hypothesis we select two young boys (who have not yet been documented as two personalities incarnated by the same psychoplasm) whose work shows progression by two prodigies living in separate centuries. The music attached to the photo of a Mozart portrait is from his "Symphony #1" composed at age 8. The music attached to the Korngold photograph is from his "Dance of the Fairies" composed at age 14. Music authorities attest that Korngold music is more complex and demonstrates levels of maturity at earlier ages than Mozart.
Such a situation would be predicted by the psychoplasm hypothesis, through its contributions to the evolution of consciousness. You can test for yourself whether this phenomenon actually occurs by comparing the levels of knowledge and competence that exist in someone living today with the same factors in the alleged previous lifetime.